Best places to ski 2020

Published January 2020

It’s officially the heart of the ski season—boards and skis have been waxed and sharpened, ready to hit the slopes in search of fresh powder. An estimated 59.3 million people visited U.S. snowsports destinations last winter—the fourth highest tally on record. And, reports indicate heavy snowfall across the U.S. for the remainder of 2020, so ski resorts and towns can expect a major influx of mountainside guests this year, too.

Most popular ski resorts and destinations of 2020

Vacasa travel experts took to the data to rank the best ski destinations of the year, looking at locations that have received the most Vacasa property bookings during the winter season, spanning December 2019 through February 2020. These (ice cold) hotspots are in high demand for a reason, so if you’re craving the crème de la crème of ski vacations, read on.

Best value ski resorts and destinations of 2020

Now, we also know winter ski travel can be a significant investment, between taking the time off from work and forking over the often-hefty lift fees. Tracking down the best conditions is crucial, but so is getting the most bang for your buck—the ski resorts that don’t get frustratingly clogged, but still deliver champagne powder.

So, we dug into reservation data to determine which destinations yield the best value for snow-hungry travelers, ranking the ski towns that are seeing the lowest numbers of bookings in the U.S. from December 2019 through February 2020.

With less booking competition, vacation rental prices are generally lower than average, and crowds are less of a headache. Take these destinations into consideration for your upcoming adventure.

The 2020 ski season will continue to bring a swarm of travelers across the U.S. in search of fresh powder. While old faithful U.S. ski towns will remain big tourist draws, new markets are beginning to emerge as valuable alternatives for the cost-conscious consumer. No matter what town you choose for your winter destination, we’re here to help you enjoy an unforgettable mountainside trip. Time to shred.

Vacasa data collection occurred in November 2019.

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